Cultures And Their Affect On Business

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Jonathon Osborne International Business Mrs. Bennett Section 3 September 10, 2015 Cultures and Their Affect On Business International businesses are not only an issue of borders, as international business also crosses cultures. Culture profoundly influences how people think, communicate, and behave. The University of Minnesota defines culture as the shared patterns of behaviors and interactions, cognitive constructs, and affective understanding that are learned through a process of socialization. These shared patterns identify the members of a culture group while also distinguishing those of another group. Just as a thorough knowledge of a business is needed for a deal to succeed, so is an understanding culture. According to the New York…show more content…
Being married to a wife whose parents and family are from Barbados, I have experienced several aspects of the Bajan culture. I realize that the Bajan culture is one of respect, both for yourself and others. Greetings are a must in the Bajan culture. According to Travel Etiquette, “Bajans favor a more formal approach to greeting and meeting. This is most commonly a handshake between both sexes, followed by a salutation such as ‘good evening’ or ‘pleased to meet you”(Travel). I can account for this, as on many occasions I have neglected to say good morning to my in laws while visiting and they bring it up time and time again. Bajans from my experience are hard workers that pride themselves in their work and their abilities. Japan has always been a fascinating place to me, especially their culture. Being someone that loves technology, Japan has always seemed to be ahead of the curve. Despite being ahead of the curve, Japan has still held to traditions that have shaped the country’s culture. According to Travel Etiquette, “you should understand that first and foremost, Japanese society is ruled by stringent codes of behavior, and these should be respected. Age, seniority, honor and understanding the subtext of what people are saying are some of the most important aspects of Japanese culture”(Travel). Culture is very important in every society and its understanding is crucial for business decisions. This is why Geert Hofstede
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